A FORMER teacher who used his ‘predatory behaviour’ to sexually abuse young children has been jailed for two years.
Michael Carrigan, of Bosbury near Ledbury, pleaded guilty to a string of sexual offences when he appeared at Worcester Crown Court last Monday (June 1).
The 45-year-old, who was a teacher in Herefordshire, pleaded guilty to six counts of inciting a boy aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity, four charges of inciting sexual activity while in a position of trust and nine counts of possessing indecent images of children.
Along with the two-year jail term, he was also given a ten-year sexual harm prevention order and made subject to notification requirements for a period of ten years.
An inquiry was launched as part of Project Spade, an investigation co-ordinated by the National Crime Agency regarding purchases of indecent DVDs and videos from a Canadian-based internet company.
Det Sgt Mark Walters said: “Carrigan abused his position of trust to take advantage of young people for his own gratification.
“The court has passed sentence for his predatory behaviour.
“I would like to pay tribute to the victims in this case and for their co-operation throughout this investigation. Their bravery has meant that we were able to put him before the court.”
Anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, or is worried about someone being abused, can contact police on the non-emergency number 101.
Alternatively, The Glade offers a service for men, women and children who have experienced rape or sexual assault in Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Telford and Shropshire. The service can be contacted on 0808 178 2058.